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Today we’re faced with a need that is just as urgent: we are endangering the futures of more than 800 million children who will not have access to quality education. By 2030, these young people will lack the basic secondary school-level skills necessary for 21st century jobs. They will not be able to shape their own futures or the economies of their countries, most of which – like my home country Nigeria – are struggling to climb out of poverty. Without the stabilizing foundation that an education provides, our youth might feel hopeless and turn to violence, fueling conflict and threats to global security.

We cannot afford to let this happen. But is there a clear solution? Can we vaccinate the world against poverty?

The answer is “yes,” but any solution will require both political will and a clear vision of what can be achieved. I am a member of the Education Commission – a group of political, business, and civil society leaders from countries as diverse as Australia, Mexico, Pakistan, the UK, and Tanzania who work together to ensure that the world’s children are all in school and learning.

Our message is clear. The strongest antidote to poverty is quality education, and we have the opportunity to dramatically expand access to this remedy through a breakthrough financing plan for an International Finance Facility for Education.
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